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Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package

Be prepared for Tropical Storm Isaias and all severe storms

(Aug 03, 2020)

Severe weather resources are available through the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety. The department also provides checklists for before, during and after severe storms roll through our region. Read more

 

July 31 update: School Districts’ Difficult Decisions; A Request for Young People; Relief for Restaurants

(Jul 31, 2020)

In my 35 years as an educator, I regularly dealt with all types of challenges – many unforeseeable – that are all too familiar for teachers across the country. But I can say with certainty that I never encountered a challenge like our teachers, faculty, administrators and (especially) parents are facing now with formulating educational plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Summer 2020 Senior Newsletter: A salute to past Senior Fairs

(Jul 31, 2020)

This is the digital version of my Summer 2020 Senior Newsletter that looks back at last year's Senior Fair and offers information I hope our older residents find useful. Read more

 

Report Unsolicited, Mislabeled Seeds Received by Mail, Agriculture Department Warns

(Jul 29, 2020)

People nationwide (including our district) have received seeds in packages labeled as jewelry. These seeds may contain plant diseases, weeds or invasive plants that could harm Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and ecosystem. Read more

 

Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package

(Jul 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 27 -- Citing the distressing impacts COVID-19 is having on Pennsylvania’s restaurant industry and a recent Yelp survey showing more than half of restaurants could close permanently due to the virus’ impact, Democrats in Harrisburg have crafted a legislative package aimed at providing relief to community business owners and the workers that cook and serve our food. The package includes nine bills that would provide grants to local restaurants, bars and clubs, reduce and eliminate specific licensing fees, extend discounts to licensees and protect businesses by guaranteeing their insurance pays out in future emergencies. These efforts will provide direct relief to an industry of Pennsylvania businesses the virus has hit hard, House Democratic leaders said. Restrictions put in place have been necessary in the state’s response to COVID-19. The leaders said they recognize the hardship the virus has continued to place on the restaurant industry. Restaurants have served as the backdrop of many life occasions and special moments and they need support more now than ever. The House Democratic package includes: Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government to be directed to small, community restaurants instead of national chains to ensure those dollars are invested back into the region. ( Rep. Joe Ciresi, Montgomery County & Rep. Tina Davis, Bucks County ) Earmarking CARES grant Read more

 

July 24 update: Remembering John Lewis; Shapiro stands up to Trump Administration

(Jul 24, 2020)

Last week, John Lewis, U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader, died. He was 80 years old. Read more

 

Hazard pay grants now available to support frontline workers

(Jul 20, 2020)

“It is truly ironic that our indispensable workers in the pandemic are also are most grossly underpaid. They deserve every extra dollar we can give them.” Read more

 

July 17 update: Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers, Tracking the Coronavirus, and Continuing to Pursue Positive Change

(Jul 17, 2020)

The Earth continues to spin through this COVID-19 pandemic and, with it, comes news of varying types. This week was no different, with great news for front-line workers, advancements in the treatment and tracking of the coronavirus, and a reminder to all Pennsylvanians that we need not be so aggressive in our return to “normal” life. Because, as we all know by now, “normal” doesn’t look anything like it used to look. Read more

 

July 10 update: Thankful for First Responders, and More Help from the Montco Small Business Grant Program

(Jul 10, 2020)

Whether it’s the pandemic, the ongoing fight for social justice, or rogue thunderstorms that blast our region, 2020 remains a year filled with challenges we must face together. Read more

 

July 9 Update: In-person appointments resuming next week at my district office

(Jul 09, 2020)

Starting Monday, July 13, we will have limited hours and will only be available by appointments made in advance. Masks will be required. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. Read more

 

July 2 update: Masks are now mandatory

(Jul 02, 2020)

What was very recently highly recommended is now a requirement: You must wear a mask when in public. The order was signed Wednesday by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine under the Disease Prevention and Control Act. Read more

 

Unemployment compensation benefits extended 13 weeks

(Jun 30, 2020)

The current extended benefits period began May 3, 2020, but benefits are not payable until an individual has exhausted PEUC benefits. Extended benefits (EB) will begin with the week ending July 4 and are payable only for weeks of unemployment DURING an EB period. Read more

 

June 26 update: As we move to green, funding is soon available for local businesses hurt by COVID-19

(Jun 26, 2020)

My weekly email features updates on reopening and coronavirus, opportunities for business, a look at police reform, and more. Read more

 

Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more

 

June 19 update: Celebrate freedom on Juneteenth

(Jun 18, 2020)

Please join me in honoring the resilience, courage and determination of the enslaved and their descendants and all Americans who seek to learn about the past and better understand the institutions and experiences that shape our nation. Read more

 

June 12 COVID-19 Update: Thankful for measured leadership and small business grants

(Jun 12, 2020)

The idea of “going back to normal” – at least in terms of what “normal” meant pre-pandemic – is simply absurd, and it unnecessarily puts lives at risk. Read more

 

McCarter announces safety grant for Cheltenham Township

(Jun 11, 2020)

The stated goal of the PCCD is to improve justice systems, make crime victims’ lives more livable, and communities safer. Read more

 

Be aware of unemployment fraud

(Jun 08, 2020)

I wanted to alert you to recent fraudulent activity linked to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Read more

 

June 5 COVID-19 Update: Montgomery County moves to Yellow Phase

(Jun 05, 2020)

I’m happy to report that thanks to your sacrifices and efforts flattening the curve in Montgomery County, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed amended yellow-phase orders placing Montco into the yellow phase. Read more

 

We deserve better than commissioner’s incendiary declaration

(Jun 03, 2020)

“We need leaders who understand that the murder of George Floyd is a cathartic moment in American history that should be acted upon immediately by leaders that envision a better world without division and hate. Commissioner Gale has sadly failed his most important test and should resign immediately.” Read more

 

Be prepared for Tropical Storm Isaias and all severe storms
Aug 03, 2020

July 31 update: School Districts’ Difficult Decisions; A Request for Young People; Relief for Restaurants
Jul 31, 2020

Summer 2020 Senior Newsletter: A salute to past Senior Fairs
Jul 31, 2020

Report Unsolicited, Mislabeled Seeds Received by Mail, Agriculture Department Warns
Jul 29, 2020

Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package
Jul 27, 2020

July 24 update: Remembering John Lewis; Shapiro stands up to Trump Administration
Jul 24, 2020

Hazard pay grants now available to support frontline workers
Jul 20, 2020

July 17 update: Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers, Tracking the Coronavirus, and Continuing to Pursue Positive Change
Jul 17, 2020

July 10 update: Thankful for First Responders, and More Help from the Montco Small Business Grant Program
Jul 10, 2020

July 9 Update: In-person appointments resuming next week at my district office
Jul 09, 2020

July 2 update: Masks are now mandatory
Jul 02, 2020

Unemployment compensation benefits extended 13 weeks
Jun 30, 2020

June 26 update: As we move to green, funding is soon available for local businesses hurt by COVID-19
Jun 26, 2020

Small Business Assistance grants available
Jun 25, 2020

June 19 update: Celebrate freedom on Juneteenth
Jun 18, 2020

June 12 COVID-19 Update: Thankful for measured leadership and small business grants
Jun 12, 2020

McCarter announces safety grant for Cheltenham Township
Jun 11, 2020

Be aware of unemployment fraud
Jun 08, 2020

June 5 COVID-19 Update: Montgomery County moves to Yellow Phase
Jun 05, 2020

We deserve better than commissioner’s incendiary declaration
Jun 03, 2020